of the MILKWEED AWARD
Flame, the Amulet and the Scarlet Bras
mother would turn the slither of satin over and over in her hands until
the girl thought it would grow wings and fly away in protest. She imagined
a beautiful woman wearing hummingbirds.
World Bank Has a Lot to Learn
(But Not from
Where They Think)
Dana De Zoysa
The banana-walla survives
without the anointing of the World Bank, and is a bigger contributor to
social security....You can live without
the econocuria at the World Bank,
but try living without banana-wallas.
Romancing the Gringa
with Lucho Nieto
by Lynn Levin
On discovering for the first time
in his life that to be a cholo or an Indian does not marginalize
him, he goes in search of gringas to seduce.
Entrevistas con Lucho
Al descubrir que por primera vez
en la vida ser cholo o indio no le trae marginación, en el papel
de tal es que busca seducir a las gringas.
from a Visit to Zimbabwe
of South Africa)
The bystander declared, “We don’t
want tourists,” after which the vendor promptly clammed up. The bystander
was probably a government spy.
I could not tell her the secret that
was closest to my heart, so closely guarded that I dared not even whisper
it into the air.
Research shows that shelter workers
are usually underpaid, overworked, subjected to unacknowledged stresses
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